Tahlequah Daily Press


July 10, 2014

Margaret Lee Blackburn

TAHLEQUAH — Services for Margaret Lee Blackburn, 92, of Tahlequah, will be 11 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Green Country Funeral Home, with ministers Steve Parker and David Deffensbaugh officiating.

Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.

Margaret Lee (Skelton) Blackburn was born to Gordon and Martha Skelton on Aug. 14, 1921, in Shawnee. Already a part of the family were three brothers, Raymond, Don and James. Her grandmother Wilson also lived with them until her death. Later, another boy would join their family, Bobby, making her the sister of four brothers. Because she had four brothers, she learned to climb trees and became very accomplished in playing marbles. Special memories of her childhood include rides on the roller coaster in Springlake Park in Oklahoma City, going to the movies that cost 10 cents, making homemade ice cream, and walking a mile and a half to church. She was most grateful to her parents and grandmother who left her with a great spiritual heritage.

In December of 1943, she met Royce Alonzo Blackburn, who would later become her husband. They married in Reno, Nevada on Aug. 13, 1944, and moved to Winnemucca, Nevada, where their first daughter, Mary Lynn, was born. Three and a half years later, their second daughter, Bonnie Lee, was born in Snyder, Texas. Almost six years later they had a son, Alan Royce, born in Pampa, Texas.

Together, Royce and Margaret lived in many places where Royce was a minister for the Church of Christ. They both had jobs with two different Christian colleges, and eventually retired in Lovington, New Mexico, where they had a retired preacher’s program.

Margaret did many secretarial jobs over the course of her life including her first one when her family moved to Oklahoma City in 1942. She worked in downtown Oklahoma City in the courthouse for the State of Oklahoma. After marrying Royce, Margaret worked on the York College campus many years as secretary to the Dean of Students, she was also secretary to one of the deans on the campus of Lubbock Christian University, and a secretary on the campus of Texas Tech. She also had a job as a substitute teacher for one year and a teacher’s aide in an elementary school for one year in the town of Morton, Texas.

After the death of her husband in 1997, she moved to Tahlequah to be near her family. She was a member of South College Church of Christ, and had many close friends in the church here. She was very grateful to all who loved her, called her, sent her cards and visited her every week. She encouraged others in her later years by sending cards.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Martha Skelton; four brothers, Raymond, Don, James and Bob Skelton; husband, Royce Blackburn; and daughter, Mary Lynn Holland.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Max Ellis of Tahlequah, and son and daughter-in -law, Alan and Linda Blackburn of Springfield, Virginia; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; as well as a host of friends and loved ones.

The family would like to say thank you to Cherokee County Nursing Home for the wonderful love and care their mother received while living there and to Carter Hospice for their care near the end of her life.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, 918-458-5055.

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